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Pagan ceremonialist, Wilderness Guides Council Netkeeper, vision quest guide and lover of the natural world.

Biography

I was first born in 1950, the oldest of two sisters. I was a tree-climbing, bike-riding, mud-slinging tomboy as a girl. I was having an OK childhood when circumstances required that I repeat the 4th grade. After that I became introverted and a bit sullen. I was the black sheep of the family and often in trouble. That at least was the excuse my folks gave for hitting me. Instead of compying, I rebelled. By the time I got to college I was doing the hippy thing. I met and married young Harry there. The marriage lasted two years before I was eager to have my freedom back. I moved to different town, made new friends and never looked back.


Along the way I graduated Magna Cum Laude and decided that Christianity, and most major religions, were too dogmatic and rigid. I drifted into Goddess worship and ultimately Paganism.


During my adult life I worked in the music industry (Olivia Records, Ladyslipper Music), the printing industry (press & bindery operator to management), the graphic arts industry (production design, freelance artist, more management), and the computer industry. I spent the last 12 years of my career as a self-employed computer consultant, technology guru, technical writer, software developer and product manager.


By the summer of 2001 my business was solid enough for me to move to Sonoma County. I had an office studio in downtown Sebastopol and lived in the country.


I went on my first vision quest in 1995, a couple of months after my mother died at home under the care of hospice. My grief was a catalyst for my being able to drop deeply into my psyche. Up until then I had not really questioned decades of sadness. I just thought that life is hard and then you die. Imagine my joy and surprise at discovering that there is infinitely more to life!


I gave up backpacking and began to quest annually. In 1998 I began an apprenticeship to become a vision quest guide. I also joined the Wilderness Guides Council. By the time I was settled into my new home in Sonoma County I had quested 7 times and been a guide or assistant on 10 trips. Between my career in the computer business and my labor of love as a guide, I felt like I was on a roll.


Then on the evening of December 30, 2001, an aneurysm burst a blood vessel in my brain. The pain was instant and intense. Fortunately I was home with friends who called 911. Within minutes EMTs were in my house. I was freaking out and I was pissed. Then it occurred to me that I was dying and that this was the opportunity of a lifetime.


I was given a Second Chance at life. To be alive is such a miracle! Before this, I used to think that the worst thing that could ever happen to me would be to wake up in a hospital and learn that I am disabled. Then it happened. Now I know that it is far from the worst thing. I am slowly but surely recovering. In the process I have met incredible people, become active in disability support, and become a hospice volunteer. I have started to lead vision quests again and have been doing 2-3 a year with Rites of Passage, Inc.


Starting in January 2005 I became the Netkeeper of the Wilderness Guides Council. I am the only paid employee of the nonprofit and as such you might say I am the executive director except for the fact that I am directed by the membership, not the other way around. It is a part-time job and that is appropriate because I can only work part of the time these days.


Today I drive, I write, I serve on a committee of the Community Advisory Board for our local hospice, I am blessed with beautiful friends in a number of different communities and I can hike in the woods. Sometimes I make art and sometimes I find the most delightful things at a second-hand store, my favorite place to shop. I am currently single.

Interests

wilderness vision quest, disabilities, hiking, nature, trees, pagan ceremony, spirituality, Macintosh, walking, world peace, liberal politics, counter culture